Press Releases 2014-2015

New Professorial Appointments - UWTSD will help make Wales a leading nation in education achievement


Throughout 2015, the Welsh Government has set out its ambitious strategy for improving Welsh education including the reform of the curriculum and the transformation of teacher training. Today, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is announcing the first of several appointments linked to the published pledge, The New Opportunity To Lead - recently announced by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes DL.

The pledge reaffirms the strategic role the University will play in establishing a Wales Institute for Education. This work will consist of a new partnership model with schools, Local Authorities, Consortia and the Welsh Government. UWTSD will ensure that this partnership is supported through the best of local, national and international research on effective education delivery and reform.

UWTSD has taken the first steps in strengthening its team. In addition to the appointment of Dr Dylan E Jones as Dean of Education and Communities, who takes up his post in January 2016, the University is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Rabbett as Professor of Educational Leadership. Professor Rabbett will be working closely with the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education as the University develops an exciting new offer.

Peter Rabbett brings substantial experience of successful education systems and reform in the UK and across the world. He has worked with national and local government in the design and development of teacher education initiatives including support for newly qualified teachers, the development of the NPQH and for capital investment for schools. He has worked with some of the leading Universities internationally on improving education systems. He was associated with the DFES and NFER initiative on the Outstanding Schools Programme and has undertaken substantial work on educational system development and leadership overseas.

Professor Hughes said: “I am pleased that Peter has accepted the post of Professor of Educational Leadership. He has unique knowledge of education in the UK and has contributed to major developments over the last few years in system change both in the UK and further afield. His global experience on delivering educational system change will be of great value in achieving our ambition.”

Professor Rabbett said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am delighted in accepting an invitation to work with an ambitious University such as UWTSD which is regarded as one of the agents of change in delivering educational reform in Wales. This is an opportunity to make a leading contribution to the reform of the Welsh educational system and to make sure that our schools are at the heart of effective professional training and development. This will be challenging work but so rewarding when it leads to improvements across Wales.”

The University is also announcing the appointment of Dr Mererid Hopwood as a Professor of Education to play a lead role in the area of Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig and bilingualism. Her appointment will be seen as key to the successful delivery of the Donaldson recommendations regarding enhancing the Welsh dimension in education. Dr Mererid Hopwood has already made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Wales and is recognised as a key cultural and academic change agent.

Professor Hughes said: “I am delighted that Dr Hopwood is accepting this new role. She will have the opportunity to lead substantial reform as we respond to the Donaldson recommendations. Her extensive experience of working within a multilingual context will support the new Wales Institute of Education to develop a range of appropriate professional courses which celebrate our distinctive Welsh history and culture and also promote multilingualism.”

These two appointments are the first of several which will be announced over the next few months. The University will shortly be announcing the names of the members who will serve on a new Education Commission established to further system reform. These will include a number of national and international figures already engaged in delivering educational system change.

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